The Features of EA Sports’ NFL Blitz

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Posted October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

NFL Blitz is slated to arrive in early January for 1200 MS points/$15 on XBLA and PSN and EA Sports has released the features list for the game. The classic 7-on-7 gameplay will be met by expansive online modes, the single-player “Gauntlet” mode, team customization through ‘card packs’, on-field power-ups, and commentary from Tim Kitzrow (of NBA Jam fame).

One real unfortunate piece of news though is that there will be no late hits as the NFL wouldn’t allow them. Check out a series of screenshots in the FB album and continue on for the full list of NFL Blitz features!

Classic Blitz Gameplay – Fast-paced football action at its best, featuring the 7-on-7 wide-open gameplay of the original arcade hit. Two minute quarters, 30 yards for a first down, no penalties, exciting tackles and, of course, players ON FIRE!

Blitz in HD – For the first time in franchise history, Blitz hits the gridiron in high-definition. Take to the field with top players from each of the 32 NFL teams, play in all 31 NFL stadiums and battle fantasy bosses from the Gauntlet at the Blitz Coliseum.

Ultra-Responsive Controls – Running at 60fps/60Hz, the pick-up-and-play controls perfectly replicate the twitch arcade experience. Disrupt the opposition with stiff arms, knock down receivers before a catch, dive to tackle ball carriers, and hurdle pass for the big play…all with the touch of a button.

Blitz Battles – Challenge the competition online in head-to-head matches or team up (on a single console or online) 2-on-2, ranking up local, regional, and national Battle Boards – all the way to the Blitz Hall of Fame.

Blitz Gauntlet – The ultimate single-player challenge! Battle through a multi-tiered Gauntlet, taking on NFL teams and exclusive fantasy character bosses in the Blitz Coliseum. Take down the fantasy character bosses to unlock them for use in all modes.

Elite League – Join the Elite League and strive to create the perfect squad of ultimate players. Purchase card packs using Blitz Bucks earned through online games to collect players to customize your lineup. Collect an entire NFL team of players to unlock powerful Pro and Ultimate players that give your team the competitive edge. Change the game in unique ways by acquiring and using Power Ups to further your advantage on the field. For the ultimate rush, risk one of your valuable players in a winner-takes-all Risk and Reward game.

Online Co-op – Grab a teammate on the couch or join a friend online and crush the competition in classic Blitz 2-on-2 style. Track your records against friends to show who owns the Blitz gridiron.

Blitz Store — Earn Blitz Bucks in every online game mode, then head to the Blitz Store to purchase a ton of intense content. Build your Blitz Elite League team by purchasing card packs and power-ups. Customize your Blitz Battles team with new logos and banners. Take the Blitz experience to the next level with a slew of gameplay and visual cheats. Go behind the scenes and unlock concept art and the famous Blitz cheerleaders.

Blitz Booth Commentary – The two-man booth includes past NFL Blitz play-by-play announcer, Tim Kitzrow, along with actor Brian Haley. The perfect pair to voice NFL Blitz, Kitzrow and Haley’s humorous commentary augments the over-the-top arcade football experience.

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  • Hungryandrew

    No Late Hits? Eh……….

    • Jason Starks

      The NFL made them take it out last second

  • Hungryandrew

    Oh, and FIRST!!

  • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

    FYI: Posted some thoughts on the lack of late hits on my G+ page.

    https://plus.google.com/103863639334610495296/posts/XUzEH6QafUB

  • Godzzilla94

    This is great, whether or not I plan on purchasing this is irrelevant, because the more cheaper games designed to appeal to quick fun the better.

  • crazy_black_man-@PSN

    One real unfortunate piece of news though is that there will be no late hits as the NFL wouldn’t allow them.

    So its a cartoon version of a “dumbed down Madden game” without the graphics polish, and a whole lot of extra play modes? So it’s basically “Madden arcade” with a name change and a whole lot of extra play modes and soon to be announced DLC? So its just that Madden arcade game with extra silliness(within reason cause the NFL is the no fun league) and a whole lot of extra play modes and soon to be announced DLC, that eventually becomes repetitive after 3 or 4 games?

    So…its only like a measly $15 bucks with absolutely no trade in value( cause you can’t trade in a downloaded game)?

    A fool and his money….

    • Anonymous

      “So…its only like a measly $15 bucks with absolutely no trade in value( cause you can’t trade in a downloaded game)?”

      So… You’d rather it be three times the price on a disc so that you can trade it in?

      Maybe it’s because I never played the series until Blitz 20-02 so maybe it had advanced significantly in gameplay by then or something compared to the arcade & the N64 versions that everyone always speaks so highly of but when I played 20-02 & 20-03, there was a hell of a lot more to NFL Blitz than late hits.

      I enjoyed the game because of the on field gameplay, the excessive throws, the general lack of realism & the fun cheat modes (like the one that made you fumble with every hit). Late hits were a fun distraction for like the first three plays of the game & then they got boring as hell because it was the same thing over & over again.

      I just don’t see why this one little insignificant thing is such a controversy. I severely doubt that 99% of the people that say they now have no interest in the game were really ever going to buy it anyway. Me? As long as the gameplay is similar (which it definitely looked to be from the clips in the video yesterday), I’ll gladly pay $15 & if that somehow makes me a fool, so be it.

      • crazy_black_man-@PSN

        So… You’d rather it be three times the price on a disc so that you can trade it in?

        No…but with every downloadable title, there had better be a convincing demo. If you can’t demo a downloadable title, and you buy it without ever trying it out first, then yes…you are the fool that EA thinks you are. I would wait for a positive review from someone other our dear Pastapadre here, or let my dumber friend buy it first.

        You do have a dumber friend right? No? Good to see you are hanging out with people who are smarter than you. Keep it that way.

        • crazy_black_man-@PSN

          On a side note, EA demos are never accurate to the final product. Some demos were excellent, but a month after you’ve bought the actual game, they would release an update or patch that would totally change the gameplay for the worse.

          Yes, I’m talking to you, FightNight Champion. Great, fun demo but the game is now a disgrace after EA patched it to shreds. It should be illegal to severely alter a purchased game with patches like they did.

        • Anonymous

          “If you can’t demo a downloadable title, and you buy it without ever trying it out first, then yes…you are the fool that EA thinks you are.”

          Well, I play on Xbox 360 so there will definitely be a demo. That’s a Microsoft requirement.

          I never said, nor implied that I would purchase it without playing the demo first. Of course I’ll play the trial first. There are very few XBLA games that I’ll purchase without first playing the demo (usually only ones from studios that have an exceptionally good track record, that I completely trust to deliver a high quality product, like Twisted Pixel).

          I never said that I was going to hand over my money already based solely on a few gameplay clips in a video interview. I said that if they deliver similar gameplay to the original games that I enjoyed, which that video did appear to have in the short clips that were presented, I’ll gladly pay $15.

          Take one wild guess as to how I’ll determine whether they’ve delivered on said gameplay once the game is released…

          • crazy_black_man-@PSN

            Well, I play on Xbox 360….

            Lol, you lost me right there. I’ve had a much harder time picking fools out of a crowd in the past. Its never been this easy before though. Just kidding man. I hate the Ex-box. If I had an Xbox, I’d give it to my ex.

          • Pirates #1 fan

            You are such an idiot! I feel the exact same way as mcmax3000. What is the point of jupping all over him because he countered your opinion. I have never heard anyone sound much dumber than you.

          • crazy_black_man-@PSN

            LOL…lady please. I was just joking with your little boy. Do you really think its appropriate for you to be logging on to his computer and fighting his battles like this?  Is his father still around?

  • Mike Vick

    “Disrupt the opposition with stiff arms, knock down receivers before a catch, dive to tackle ball carriers, and hurdle pass for the big play…all with the touch of a button.”

    Revolutionizing video game football as we know it! Give me a break EA, this is not a “feature”

    • Anonymous

      It is absolutely a feature.

      It might not be a new or revolutionary feature but the simplistic control scheme is an important feature that made NFL Blitz as fun as it was for a lot of people (myself included).

  • http://twitter.com/CitizenChad Chad C

    It’s 15 dollars…  if it is relatively fun it will be worth it.

  • Giants56ny

    No late hits? but that’s what Blitz is famous for. also they need create a team.

    And didn’t in one of them, you could create a team with giant animal heads like bears and lions?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if there was an actual create a team option (there might’ve been in the last one before they did Blitz Pro) but there were cheat codes that allowed you to play as particular animals in the versions I played. My friend & I would often play as dolphins.

  • Perrylarry44

    no late hits,wow.smh..i wont be buying a more arcade madden fuck that shit…15dollars saved

  • …..

    Until I see a good amount of game play footage, this game is yet to be decided whether its a buy or not.

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  • Timtationx

    No late hits means the game is already dead. Certain people want to downplay that feature, but the fact is that is one of the main reason people played Blitz in the first place. Wont be purchasing this.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Definitely agree with that. It’s a big piece of what people remember enjoying about Blitz. 

  • No3456

    Late hits are what I remember about NFL Blitz, No Fun League indeed.

  • DNA

    This is madden 12.5

  • Flithy

    Who cares about late hits atleast this is better than madden

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